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Former UVA baseball stars are hitting homers all over the MLB

All seven position players from Virginia have hit home runs in the majors this season

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks
Former Hoo Chris Taylor has already hit five homers for the Dodgers
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Six weeks into the season and the former Virginia Cavaliers baseball players who are playing in the MLB are already leaving a mark. As we noted on opening day, there are currently nine players in the majors who played at UVA, and seven of them are position players. Amazingly, all seven position players have hit a homer during the season already!

Here is a recap of the Hoos in the MLB and how many dingers they have hit:

Phil Gosselin - Gosselin was picked up by the Braves after the Reds put him on waivers, but that was after he hit his seventh career home run back on April 1st.

Mark Reynolds - Reynolds was an unsigned free agent until he was picked up by the Nationals a couple weeks ago. After fellow former Hoo Ryan Zimmerman went to the DL, Reynolds was called up and hit two home runs in his first game. His second home run of the game broke a four-all tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Nats a 6-4 win.

Brandon Guyer - The former Virginia outfielder is in his second full season with the Indians and hit two homers at the end of April.

John Hicks - Hicks has hit four home runs for the Tigers this season in just 19 games so far.

Derek Fisher - The former UVA outfielder has appeared in 33 games for the defending champion Astros and has hit four homers in just 68 at bats. He also has hit home runs in his past two games.

Chris Taylor - As the starting shortstop and lead-off batter for the defending NL champion Dodgers, Taylor has hit five homers so far this season.

Ryan Zimmerman - The former UVA legend is in his 13th full season for the Nationals and is following up his All-Star season with five home runs so far this year.

I could mention former UVA pitchers Artie Lewicki who made his first career start this season or Sean Doolittle who has seven saves for the Nats so far, but...chicks dig the long ball.